WASHINGTON, September 22, 2014 — Omar Gonzalez of Copperas Cove, Texas, thought he’d get a jump on New York City’s Climate march that took place last Sunday. An estimated 300,000 climate Chicken Littles assembled outside the United Nations headquarters to pressure delegates to its 2014 Climate Summit into “action.”
Back to Gonzalez.
Friday evening, the Iraq war veteran jumped a White House fence, ran across the North Lawn and, seconds later, found himself inside the vestibule of the North Portico before he was stopped by White House security. He was carrying a folding, serrated knife.
Gonzalez had a message for President Obama. The “atmosphere is collapsing,” a Secret Service agent told the Washington Post.
Gonzalez family members told the press the White House intruder suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving six years as an Army Special Forces sniper in Iraq.
The constant stress of combat, surrounded by blood and death, is enough to rattle anyone’s psyche. But what’s got New York’s environmental marchers so psychologically anxious?
The march was designed to “draw attention to the lack of attention paid by attending world leaders to the devastating effects of climate change,” said the Ecology Global Network website, representing some of the participants in Sunday’s march.
It isn’t until you read further down the post that you see: “The People’s Climate March is being organized in a participatory open-sourced model. This means that there isn’t a central ‘decision-making’ body or single coalition. Rather, groups and individuals are collaborating with some basic shared agreements around respect, collaboration, trust, and many are using the Jemez Principles of Environmental Justice.”
What, you ask, are the Jemez Principles of Environmental Justice?
Back in December of 1996, a whole “forty people of color and European-American representatives met in Jemez, New Mexico, for the ‘Working Group Meeting on Globalization and Trade,’” says a document released by the hosting organization called the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (SNEEJ).
The climate-stabilizing measures listed will “assure that all people have an equitable share of the wealth and work of this world,” said the document. “It may involve conflict, but through this conflict, we can learn better ways of working together.”
The document assumes that SNEEJ will exit the climate-change wars triumphant and dictate exactly how the vanquished will cooperate. “As we change societies, we must change from operating on the mode of individualism to community-centeredness… We must be the values that we say we’re struggling for and we must be justice, be peace, be community,” said forty individuals to the world’s 7 billion souls.
Omar Gonzalez, you see, isn’t the only one with apocalyptic visions of the future, or convinced their message needs to get to the powers-that-be in time to save the day.
Global warming, climate change, or cries “the sky is falling” are either desperate calls for help, or crackpot excuses to impose crackpot authoritarian agendas upon a world filled with people more interested in building better lives for themselves and their families. A small minority, like those that gathered outside the UN, are gullible rubes willing to believe they too can play Superman and “save the planet.”
A lot of bad things have happened to our planet in its 4.5 billion year history. Five major extinction events punctuate its fossil record. 250 million years ago, for instance, the Permian mass extinction nearly wiped out all life on Earth. The four percent that survived managed to evolve into Stegosaurus, Argentinosaurus and T. Rex. These magnificent animals died in other global catastrophes.
According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, so-called global warming has been on “hiatus” for the past 17 years. And Antarctic sea ice expanded to levels not seen since such measurements were first recorded.
About 21,000 years ago, ice covered approximately 30 percent of Earth’s landmass. “At least five major ice ages have occurred throughout Earth’s history,” says the U.S. Geological Survey. “The earliest was over 2 billion years ago, and the most recent one began approximately 3 million years ago and continues today (yes, we live in an ice age!).”
What Gonzalez and New York environmental marchers fear is the interglacial (warming) period that began 11,000 years ago. If not for the blessings of natural global warming, the United Nations building that environmental marchers surrounded last Sunday would be under a crushing 2-mile-thick sheet of ice.
We should all just relax and enjoy what remains of our 11,000-year warm spell… while awaiting the next asteroid impact.